ADMISSIONS INFORMATION:

We welcome visits from prospective students, parents/carers and encourage you to us independently or at one of our coffee mornings. Please contact us to get further information or to schedule a visit using our contact details below: 

 

Phone: 020 7540 0400 

Email: info@eastlea.newham.sch.uk 

For further information about the admissions process, please contact the London Borough of Newham using the details below or using their website: 

The Education offices 

London Borough of Newham 

Newham Dockside 

1000 Dockside Road 

London

E16 2QU 

Phone: 020 8430 2000

SELECTING & STARTING SECONDARY SCHOOL

Eastlea Community School is an outstanding place in which to learn and work. We are proud of the fact that we are a diverse and inclusive community, and these two aspects are embodied in our two greatest assets; our wonderful students and committed staff. 

To find out more information about what our school can offer your child, please look at the 'Starting Secondary School' document by clicking on the link below. In addition, please look at the Curriculum areas on this website. 

To view the Eastlea Community School Prospectus please click on the below button:

 

Fair Access:

The law requires that each local authority must have a Fair Access Protocol (FAP), agreed with the majority of schools in its area to ensure that for In Year admissions unplaced children, especially the most vulnerable, are offered a place at a suitable school as quickly as possible.  In agreeing a protocol, the local authority must ensure that no school - including those with available places - is asked to take a disproportionate number of children who have been excluded from other schools, or who have challenging behaviour. Eastlea Community School has signed up to the LB Newham’s Fair Access Protocol.

Please click here to access more information. 

PRIMARY TRANSITION

At Eastlea Community School, we believe that a student’s ability to enjoy and achieve is best enhanced by a smooth transition between each key stage. We need to sustain, in our young people an enthusiasm for learning, confidence in themselves as learners and a sense of achievement and purpose.

It is therefore important that transition is well planned; in stages and that we should not expect new students to cope with a huge change in teaching organisation and style all at once. Learning Eastlea Community School needs to build on what the student has achieved in his/her primary school. It is also vital that students are able to attend a school in their community.

We aim to ensure a smooth and effective transition from primary school to Eastlea Community School, in order to help all our young people to feel safe and happy, to have their needs met and to ultimately fulfil their true potential. We aim to achieve this by:

- Offering staff and students in partner primaries a range of opportunities to visit our school

- Increasing the opportunities for our teaching staff to visit primary schools in order to build trust, share information in order to improve continuity and progression in the curriculum

-Ensuring the swift, efficient transfers of data and information from primary schools and its dissemination to all our staff before the start of the new academic year 

-Ensuring that data is used by Eastlea staff to plan provision, set targets, monitor progress and provide support

-Ensuring parents have named contacts and built in opportunities to communicate with their child's mentor 

-Listening to student and parent voice through the use of questionnaires and focus group interviews 

-Fostering a caring and reassuring environment through our vertical tutoring system 

PASTORAL SUPPORT

Eastlea Community School is an outstanding place in which to learn and work. We are proud of the fact that we are a diverse and inclusive community, and these two aspects are embodied in our two greatest assets; our wonderful students and outstanding staff. 

Eastlea has a well-earned reputation for caring for students through an excellent pastoral system based on a 'vertical' mentoring system where students are cared for in a small group we call a 'family' led by a 'mentor'. These families are attached to one of our four school 'communities' looked after by a Student Services Manager (SSM) and an Assistant Principal. Students are known and looked after as individuals in these close knit families and communities. Parents are encouraged to contact the student's family mentor  or SSM with any concern. 

All staff are trained annually on child protection roles and responsibilities. Our SSMs are qualified to support parents and children with any concerns. If you believe that a young person attending Eastlea is being harmed or at risk of being harmed, you are encouraged to share your concerns with their SSM or the Senior Vice Principal who is the Child Protection Designate for the school. 

ATTENDANCE & PUNCTUALITY

Excellent attendance and punctuality are essential to students' educational success. If a student is absent it is essential that the school is contacted as soon as possible on the first day of absence. On return to school a note of explanation should be sent in with the student. In the case of a longer illness the school should be regurlarly informed of the student's progress and appropriate work will ve provided to complete at home.  

Attendance figures and what they mean: 

90% attendance might sound good but looking closer, that percentage = a half day missed every week. This equates to 4 weeks of school missed in 1 full school year! 90% over 5 years means half a school year missed! As well as excellent attendance being very important to a student's academic progress, so too is good punctuality. 15 minutes late each day adds up to 8 full days of absence over an academic year! 

Lessons start promptly at 9.00am - therefore it is vital for students to be on site and able to reach their first classrooms on time. Travel to school should be planned well especially as Eastlea has a number of bus routes in close proximity and train stations. Poor attendance and punctuality are rigorously followed up and if there remain poor this can lead to fines, together with the risk of court action being taken by the borough. Please click on the button below for Eastlea's Attendance Reward system information. 

GUIDANCE ON HOMEWORK

Homework is work or activity which students are asked to do outside of lessons either on their own, with other students or with parents/carers.

 

The purpose of homework is to;

- encourage students to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own, as essential skills for adult life 

- consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding 

- extend school learning, for example through additional reading 

- enable students to devote time to particular demands such as GCSE coursework or project work

The school has a fixed homework timetable with time allocated for different subjects on different evenings. Students will need to learn to manage their time so that they do homework each evening. Teachers do not set homework which needs to be completed for the next day, but will allow for at least two days to complete any work set. The time devoted to homework should increase as the student progresses through the school. 

Students should have at least one piece of homework for each subject area each week. This task should take between 30 and 45 minutes. Homework will be differentiated where necessary to take into account individual students' needs. 

ADVICE FOR PARENTS/CARERS

& STUDENTS

Homework might include such things as: 

1. Writing assignments  

2. Learning assignments  

3. Preparing an oral presentation  

4. Reading in preparation for a lesson

5. Finding out information or researching for a project 

It is important that students have frequent and increasing opportunities to develop and consolidate their competencies as independent learners. 

Organisation - all students have a planner which they should carry with them at all times to record their homework. Mentors and parents/carers are asked to check and sign these on a weekly basis. 

Non-completion of homework - at Eastlea we believe that rewards for homework promotes a positive ethos. When homework has not been completed, appropriate action will be taken and reported on in the interim reports to parents. 

Our responsibility - each child and parent/carer will receive a copy of their own homework timetable at the beginning of the school year. The subject teacher is responsible for setting appropriate homework and ensuring it is marked. 

Curriculum Team Leaders are responsible for ensuring that all teachers in their department are setting homework regularly and that it is marked. Mentors are responsible for a keeping an overview on homework set by reviewing students' planner entries and liaising with parents/carers. 

EASTLEA'S STUDENT UNION & VOICE

We believe that active student participation will contribute towards ensuring that all students achieve their full potential as 21st century citizens. 

Research has shown that;

- Students in democratic schools were happier and felt more in control of their learning 

- If students give feedback on teaching, this had the effect of improving teachers' practice and students gaining awareness of the learning process

- Participation enhanced the students' skills of communication and competence

- Student behaviour was improved 

We believe that active participation should involve; 

- Students' involvement in the school's decision making processes at all levels 

- Students contributing to teaching and learning developments through the curriculum structure

- Students as active members of the wider community 

- Opportunities for as many students as possible 

It is embedded within Eastlea's broad and balanced curriculum that our staff strive to facilitate our students  to become effective leaders, independent and motivated learners, good team players, creative thinkers and effective problem solvers. Therefore, we believe the selection/election processes and procedures should reflect this phenomenon. 

Our student council is democratically elected by the students in the school after an exciting hustings period where candidates aim to convince their peers to vote for them. Please click here to see who is on the 2017/18 Student Council for this year. 

The Eastlea Student Union (ESU), is a student built and led organisation that works to resolve issues and implement suggestions our students may have. 

This is done by consulting students, asking what they want to change in the school and work to action those changes. The ESU have designed and maintain a website which can only be viewed internally on the school network. This platform aims to ensure  effective communication amongst all. 

UNIFORM

Our school uniform consists of the following items: 

- White polo shirt and the Eastlea logo

- Black sweatshirt with the Eastlea logo (Key Stage 3 only) 

- Black cardigans with stripes in the learning community colours (Key Stage 4 only) 

- A fleece with the Eastlea logo (optional) 

- Navy blue or black coat

- Black leather shoes (training and canvas shoes are not acceptable) 

- Black boots are permitted during the winter months only 

Any other type of clothing will be confiscated and returned to parents only. We ask students keep their jewellery to a minimum - small stud earrings, small discrete rings and a watch are allowed. We do not permit necklaces, bangles or large rings. 

You can purchase the school uniform from our Eastlea School Uniform Shop, which is based on site. Please click here for the price list and the order form. 

EXAMINATIONS

The school has to implement a very precise set of requirements in all public exams. A copy of this can be found by on the Examinations Policies tab below. 

These rules are governed by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) and every centre conducting exams is required to follow them. Failure to adhere to these regulations could result in the centre losing its license, so it is vital that everyone knows, understands and follows the rules. 

During the exam period we are inspected by the JCQ to ensure the school, as an exam centre, is setting the expected standards. 

Please click on the button below for the policies and procedures, both internal and external, that Eastlea Community School follow in regards to assessments/exams. 

MID-PHASE ADMISSIONS

Please click here to find various information on Parents Evening, Options, Exam Skills/Study Clubs, applying for Oyster Cards and Free School Meals, and if you are new to English. 

Please click here for this information in Bengali, here for Romanian, here for Polish, here for Portuguese and here for Bulgarian.   

If you require this information in any other language or need further assistance, please contact the EAL coordinator below: 

 

Ms A. Przygoda

EAL – Co – ordinator

Eastlea Community School

Tel.: 020 7540 0400

E – mail:  info@eastlea.newham.sch.uk 

Please click here for further information on our Cashless Catering system or please go to our Term Dates & Information page. 

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